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H1N1 shots successful

THE first people who received H1N1 flu vaccinations on Monday in Beijing had no abnormal reactions, a city health official said yesterday.

The capital took the lead to start a swine flu vaccination program. Students taking part in National Day celebrations on October 1 were the first to be immunized, said Zhao Tao, head of the Beijing Health Bureau's disease control and prevention department.

About 10,000 students and celebration participants received the vaccinations on Monday. None of them had adverse reactions, he said.

The bureau had deployed 500 medical staff in 49 teams to carry out vaccinations in colleges, middle and primary schools in the city, he said.

The free vaccinations are funded by the municipal government.

Beijing has reported 1,432 H1N1 flu cases so far, of which 1,112 have recovered.

The total number of confirmed cases of H1N1 flu on the mainland had reached 13,262 as of 3pm on Monday, figures from the Ministry of Health showed.

All 31 mainland provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities have reported H1N1 flu cases. No deaths have been reported so far.


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